Medical care is extremely expensive in all developing countries. The allocation of resources to health, as opposed to education or defence, for example is a decision of democratically elected governments; but, from the pool of money available for health promotion, prevention and care, how should resources be allocated?
Many people, including health care professionals, now believe that the outcome of health care is best measured in terms of improvement in the quality of life, rather than in some more technical measurement, such as a reduction in blood pressure.
This short book explores not only various measures of the quality of life, but also the uses to which they may be put in terms of resource allocation. Particular stress is laid upon the ethical aspects of such measurements and how such measurements might be used as instruments of social policy.